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Valarie L. McKennaLMHC

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What are some the unique issues faced by clients in your particular field of specialization, in terms of mental health education, care, and/or treatment?

For client with untreated trauma, something as simple as going to the store can seem impossible. When a person's nervous system is overwhelmed, every situation feels dangerous. Therefore, a client with post trauma stress or generalized anxiety will need to invest sufficient time in self care and implementing tools for calming the nervous system while challenging unhelpful thinking patterns.

How do you determine therapy goals with clients? What does that process look like?

Initially, a good treatment plan will focus on helping a client improve daily functioning by resolving the most debilitating symptoms that result from trauma, such as: panic, agoraphobia, excessive worry and fear, poor sleep, restlessness, anger, shame, and guilt. Since PTSD and generalized anxiety are mind/body disorders, I will teach you skills for calming the nervous system and evaluating and changing thought patterns that contribute to your distress.

Are there any recurring themes or issues you’ve noticed as you treat people in your area of specialization, and how has this insight guided your approach?

I have discovered that people with childhood trauma often report low self esteem, chronic pain, personality/identity issues, relational and financial concerns, and unhealthy boundaries. Typically these issues will also be addressed during the course of trauma treatment.

Specialties

Anxiety

Borderline Personality Disorder

Panic attacks & panic disorder

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Spirituality & religion based issues

General Expertise

Depression

Relationship Issues

Loss/Grief

Self-Esteem

Social Anxiety

Abuse/Survivors of abuse

Communication issues

Domestic violence

Fees

First Session$120
Individual Therapy$120

Types of Therapy

Individual Session

Clientele

Young Adults (18-24)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Mindfulness Practices

Art Therapy

Coaching

Integrative Therapy

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Motivational Interviewing

Narrative Therapy

Training / Certifications

CETA Certification (2020); Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (16 hrs, 2019); Annual NW Conference on BH and Addictive Disorders (18 hrs, 2018); Motivational Interviewing (6 hrs, 2018); COD & Treatment (12 hrs; 2018); Mind-Body Medicine (27.75 hrs, 2017); Clinical Resources for Rural Practice (5 hrs, 2017); CBT and Mindfulness (6 hrs, 2016); Critical Incident Stress Management for Individuals and Groups (27 hrs, 2012)

Licensure

  • Washington, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, 60779128

Education

Masters in Clinical Mental Health, Regent University

Work History

Over the last 7 years, I have been helping people who are seeking relief from severe and persistent anxiety and depression. Typically, these conditions manifest from untreated trauma that continues to haunt clients despite their best efforts to "get over it".

Frequently Asked Questions About Valarie McKenna, LMHC

It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Valarie McKenna, LMHC, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.

Is Valarie McKenna accepting new clients?

Yes, Valarie McKenna is accepting new clients.

Does Valarie McKenna accept insurance?

No, Valarie McKenna does not accept insurance.

What types of therapy does Valarie McKenna offer?

Valarie McKenna offers therapy for individuals.

Does Valarie McKenna offer in-person appointments?

No, but people in Washington can book Valarie McKenna for virtual appointments (teletherapy).

Does Valarie McKenna offer online therapy?

Yes, Valarie McKenna offers online therapy to people in Washington.

How quickly can I see Valarie McKenna?

Valarie McKenna typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current availability and request an appointment on their profile page.

What languages does Valarie McKenna speak?

Valarie McKenna conducts therapy sessions in English.

Can I book an appointment with Valarie McKenna online?

Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Valarie McKenna online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.